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Tmp2 / Colonial Navy
« on: March 25, 2006, 11:19:38 PM »
Based on the US Navy Organization during WWII.  Below is a rough overview on how the Colonia Navy may of been organized. It might be a usefull addition.  If someone would like to expand on it - go for it.  

The Colonial Navy

In the fifty-two span between the signing of the Articles of Colonization and the surprise attack on, the Colonial Navy honed its skills in numerous fleet actions, and tactical exercises conducted both in actual operations and in simulations the Colonial War College.  The adoption of new tactics and ship designs to counter the perceived Cylon threat, the Colonial Navy rapid grew from a basic planetary defensive force to deep space force capable long range interdiction and assault.

In the immediate aftermath of the implementation the Articles of Confederation and subsequent cylon war, there did not exist, a coherent Colonial Naval doctrine.  The merging multiple and often incompatible colonial navies, command structures, while facing a genocidal cylon onslaught, put the development of doctrine in the backseat.  It was not until the Colonial victory at the Freya Wall and the subsequent Twilight War or Phony War period, did the Joint Colonial Command gain enough breathing room to establish the Colonial Directorate of War & the Colonial War College.

The creation of the Colonial War College allowed steps to be taken throughout the Twilight war period to teach the Fleet to think as a single unit; to react to the changing circumstances of battle with one mind. The early Colonial fleet, a product of the convergence of multiple fleets, suffered serious defects as a fighting force. Its key weaknesses were of logistics and systems interoperability.  These weaknesses combined with the Cylons ability infiltrate, corrupt and control sophisticated computer systems, forced a sea change in Colonial battle doctrine and ship design.

The Colonial battle doctrine is based on careful study military actions, both Colonial defeats and Colonial victories. These observations formed the basis for several important lessons.
   Cylon fleet maneuvers tend to be “text book”, indicating ridged thinking and they often exhibit difficulty in dealing with “novel” circumstances.
o   To exploit this weakness, required the development of fluid coordinated maneuvers with a high degree of individual initiative. This need was addressed by the introduction of new tactical formations and cruising instructions.
o   However, due to the Cylon computer system/electronic superiority, it is impossible to coordinate the efforts of an entire fleet from a central location in the heat of battle; only the development of a common doctrine could guarantee that the Colonial ship commanders would be able to coordinate their efforts effectively. As Colonial doctrine, requires the ability to coordinate combat actions without the use of intra-ship communications, the creation and development of highly trained, but independent officer core is vital to fleet operations.
o   It should be noted that no battle plan, however well it may be expressed, can possibly be co-executed by a large force of vessels, especially those of differing types operating against a strong and efficient enemy, unless the squadron, division and ship commanders have the same conceptions of war as their commander-in-chief and are well indoctrinated
   Cylon’s learn fast and share their knowledge.
o   New tactics and operations must constantly be developed as the Cylon’s rarely fall for the same tactic twice.
   Cylon units operate offensively. They operate poorly when on the defense.
o   Aggressive offensive action was the key to success; it would allow the Colonial fleet to control the tempo of the engagement and impose its will on the Cylon.  Failure to act aggressively, often resulted in Colonial defeat as the Cylon superiority in missile and computer technology would overcome most any Colonial position.  
o   The general rule when combating Cylon’s – Always attack, to run from a Cylon is almost always suicidal.

Colonial Doctrine and Ship Design

   Use of standardized kinetic weapons – Colonial ship design emphasized the use of kinetic weapons.
o   Ease of Manufacture – The manufacturing base of Colonies in the early part of the Cylon war suffered significant damage.  Mass production of sophisticated weapons such as long range missiles was impossible. Moreover, the vulnerability of missile guidance systems to superior Cylon ECM effects made the use of kenetic weapons practical.
o   Offensive Doctrine – Colonial doctrine emphasizes going on the offensive.  Rapid fire kenetic weapons have the highest damage output curve vs time when compared against the effects of missiles or directed energy weapons.
o   Logistics – Colonial ships of different classes, share the same weapon ammunition loadouts. This greatly simplifies the logistic burden.

   Colonial ship design: Emphasize simplicity, system independence and redundancy.
o   Battlestars, Original – The Cylon introduction of basestars, resulted in the production of the battlestars. The original 12 battlestars predate the development of the Conlonial War College, thus were independently designed and produced by each colony. With only the Battlestar Galatica surviving the Cylon war. It was not until the incorporation the battle experience of these ships directly led to the production of the first “standardized” battlestar.
   Gemini Class Battlestars - The first standardized battlestar class. Its chief improvements over the original battlestars lay in their enlarged fighter component, increased armor protection, and better rail gun coverage.
   Mercury Class Battlestars – A significant improvement over the Gemini class battlestars. The Mercury class sports a much improved flak defense, the incorporation of advanced composite armor, anti-capitol ship torpedoes , and quad flight decks.  
o   Battlestars revolutionized Colonial fleet tactics. The incorporation of small fighter into the ship of line, provided the Battlestars with unmatched flexibility and tripled their firepower. Notable innovations in Battlestar warships.
   Viper Launch Tubes – The incorporation of self contained and operated launch tubes allowed for the launching of fighters in adverse combat conditions. Since the Cylons possess superior jump technology – the possibility of surprise attacks are great. The use of Viper Launch Tubes allow for almost instant response to Cylon Attacks. In addition, as each tube is a self contained closed system, Cylon infiltration of a battlestar’s command system will not prevent launching of Viper’s.
   Dispersed Structure:  Standard Battlestar configurations use a five hull format. With the major structures being the forward command hull, the centerline linkage hull, two viper launch hulls, and the primary drive hull. Each hull structure can be independently sealed and operated.  The twin  launch hulls can in emergency situations be detached from the linkage hull. The lunch hulls have a limited drive capability.
   Independent Gun Decks – The gun decks of battlestars are of a sequestered design, with each Gun Deck having the ability to operate independently and if necessary under direct human operational control.
o   Colonial Force Structure - The primary instrument of Colonial war fighting is the battle group.  Depending on the mission, a standard battle group could be augmented with various additional fleet divisions.

   Standard Battle Group
•   (2) Battlestar’s
•   (1) CRUDIV of four cruiser of various classes
•   (1) DESRON of Eight destroyers of various classes
•   (2) DS Scout Ships
•   (2) Auxiliary Fleet Support Tenders
•   (1) Marine Expeditionary Brigade

o   Typical Colonial Fleet Deployment  
   (15) Deployed Battle Groups
   (4) Deployed Assault Divisions
   (4) Deployed Deep Space Interdiction Divisions
   (15) Battle Groups in Training
   (20) Battle Groups in refit & repair

   Fleet Division (example)
•   Planetary Assault –
o   1 - (LSAC) Land/Space Assault Command Ship
o   2 – (LSA) Land/Space Assault Ship
o   2 - (FBS) Fleet Bombardment Ships
o   1 – (LSD) Land/Space Dock Ship
o   1-  (LSH) Land/Space Heavy Support Ship
o   2 – Auxiliary Fleet Support Tenders
o   1 – Marine Expeditionary Division

•   Deep Space Interdiction
o   2 Battlestars
o   2 (LSA) Land/Space Assault Ship
o   2 (LSD) Land/Space Dock Ship
o   6 Auxiliary Fleet Support Tenders
o   1 Fleet Support Factory Ship
o   (1) DESRON of Eight destroyers of various classes
o   (1) CRUDIV of four cruiser of various classes
o   (4) DS Scout Ships
o   (2) Marine Expeditionary Brigades

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